THE Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (Tesda) will conduct on-site skills assessment among Filipino household service workers and other skilled workers in Hong Kong and Dubai with the aim of certifying and helping them pursue other career options. Those who will pass the assessment will be issued national certificate (NC) that will be valid for five years to be used as a valuable credential in applying for jobs, “Competency assessment and certification services will be provided to those who wish to confirm whether they possess the competencies required in their preferred jobs,” Tesda Director General Joel Villanueva said. “We want to provide opportunities to open pathways for different, if not better-paying and more satisfying careers,” he added. The on-site assessment is a joint offering of Tesda and the Department of Labor and Employment in countries with huge population of overseas Filipino workers.From August 16 to September 9, the two agencies have conducted a profiling of sample Filipino workers in Hong Kong, consisting of 296 individuals in the household services. Profiling of workers is also ongoing in Dubai in preparation for the assessment. The skills training agency will also tap the services of accredited tech-voc institutions and assessment centers that have established branches overseas.